Instant Heart Rate +

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: $4.99 for iPhone, Free for Android

Instant Heart Rate helps you track your heart rate and stress level. The app uses your phone’s camera flash to measure your heart rate in seconds. Put the tip of your index finger over the camera and wait for Instant Heart Rate to detect a color change in your fingertip each time your heart beats. An algorithm then displays your heart rate on a real-time chart.

PulsePoint

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Every minute counts when it comes to treating a cardiac event — it can mean the difference between life and death. PulsePoint connects people who are trained in CPR with people nearby who are experiencing a cardiac emergency. It’ll also tell a citizen responder where to find the closest automated external defibrillator for public use. Users can view the status of first responders to see when an ambulance will arrive to help.

Blood Pressure Monitor - Family Lite

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Blood Pressure Monitor turns your phone into a home health monitor. Use the app to input information like weight, blood pressure, and any medications you’ve taken. The graphs and charts it creates can help you track and understand changes in your blood pressure readings. Find out how different medications impact your blood pressure and export information to share with your healthcare team.

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: $0.99 for iPhone, Free for Android

Cardiograph is your personal heart rate monitor. The app uses your device’s camera to take pictures of your fingertip and then determine your heart’s rhythm. It also stores every measurement you take, so you can compare readings during different times and even at different locations. Multiple profiles can be created and stored on one device, so you can keep track of readings for your whole family.

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★✩✩

Price: Free with optional subscription

Keeping track of your heart rate during different activities can help improve your fitness level. iCardio can connect to a Bluetooth monitor to measure your heart rate in real time. You can also use it to record activity duration, speed, distance, pace, and beats per minute. It will also document your weight, blood pressure, and calories burned. iCardio can be integrated with a variety of fitness trackers, like Fitbit and Apple Watch, too.

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

SmartBP is a blood pressure measuring app that lets you track, record, and monitor progress toward lowering your blood pressure. When you enter systolic and diastolic blood pressure, pulse, and weight, the app will automatically calculate body mass index, pulse pressure, and mean arterial pressure. You can also export blood pressure reports to a PDF to share with your healthcare team.

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: $0.99

Your blood pressure can increase over time without any symptoms. It’s important to keep track of your numbers and make lifestyle changes before they get too high. Use Blood Pressure Companion to log blood pressure, heart rate, weight, and test date. The app will then interpret your readings and create charts to help you understand the measurements over time. You can also set reminders for taking your blood pressure or going to a doctor’s appointment.

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: $0.99 for iPhone, Free for Android

iBP makes it easy to understand your blood pressure readings. The app uses color icons to represent normal or high values with interactive graphs. View your numbers by weeks, months, or years. Add readings manually or import information from the Apple Health app.

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Cardiio uses your device’s camera to measure your heart rate. Hold your iPad or iPhone camera in front of your face or cover the back camera with your finger. The app then lets you see how your fitness level is related to your heart rate. Use it to work toward fitness goals and get moving with the included high-intensity circuit training exercises.

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Price: $1.99

Regular physical activity is an important part of maintaining good heart health. MotionX helps you map and track outdoor exercise, such as biking, running, and hiking. The app’s clear display makes it easy to see your time, distance, geographical path, and speed.

iPhone rating: Not yet rated

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

CardioSmart was developed by the American College of Cardiology with the goal of improving patient care. The app’s high-resolution graphics and animations make it easier for doctors to discuss common heart problems and treatments. Your doctor can use the app to pull up a 3-D beating heart and answer questions using the visual. You can also look through the graphics to get a better understanding of your heart’s anatomy and how it functions.

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

The cardiologists who developed CardioVisual know it’s easy to get overwhelmed at your doctor’s office. The app provides a wide range of information about heart disease, including risk factors and prevention. Its goal is to educate patients, making it easier for you to have informed discussions with your healthcare professionals. Get access to a library of 160 short videos and infographics explaining conditions, treatments, and more.

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

This app is a good reference if you’ve recently been diagnosed with a heart condition and you want to learn more about it. Get access to several blogs and care tips written by experts. The app’s clean user interface makes it easy to read articles and view graphics explaining common heart conditions.

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

A healthy lifestyle can go a long way toward preventing heart disease. Heart Care Health & Diet Tips explains what puts you at risk of heart disease and how you can make dietary changes to reduce some of those risks. View lists of foods to eat and avoid with explanations for each. If you feel overwhelmed or have questions, you can contact a dietitian through the app by tapping the “Contact” button.